Morehouse and CAU Celebrate Homecoming This Weekend
By Hal Lamar | 10/25/2013, 4:24 p.m.
ATLANTA - It’s homecoming week in the Atlanta University Center as Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges all welcome back alumni to their campuses for a variety of activities.
For the first time that anyone can remember both Clark Atlanta and Morehouse will kick-off their games at the same time, 2 p.m. The schools will also combine their homecoming parades and the homecoming concert for their students.
Clark Atlanta Panthers will host the Rams of Albany State University at Panther Stadium. Less than a mile away, Morehouse will host the Benedict College Tigers as their homecoming opponent at B.T. Harvey Stadium.
The simultaneous grid matches prove quite unfortunate for some Atlanta football buffs who will be forced to miss one of the games, both of which are expected to be good ones since they are pivotal for the hosts as well as the guest teams.
Albany State is second in the SIAC’s eastern division with a conference record 1-0 and a 2-4 overall record. They need the win to keep their chances of overtaking division leader Fort Valley.
Clark Atlanta, despite its 1-2 division and 2-4 overall has a shot at finishing no worse than second in the division and certainly could prove a spoiler for the Rams’ chances.
Morehouse with its 0-2 division and 2-5 overall record, can avoid finishing in the division cellar and seriously wound Benedict’s chances of battling to the top of the division rankings.
Last weekend, both teams managed to contribute to the win columns for both ASU and Benedict via their losses to both and, ironically, as their homecoming guests.
Clark hoping to stretch their two game win streak over Morehouse and the visiting College of Faith in Tennessee to three instead got themselves shut out by Benedict, 24-0. The Panthers, who run continuously but pass sparingly, kept the game tight, trailing the host Tigers 3-0 at halftime. But in the third quarter, Benedict exploded with 21 unanswered points thanks to three touchdowns. One came courtesy of a CAU fumble, while another developed via a 52 yard punt return by senior Harlon Samuels. CAU was outrushed 197-89 and out-passed 103-26.
Morehouse, meanwhile, gave Albany State a reason to celebrate homecoming by surrendering a 42-20 victory to their hosts in front of 10,500 mostly partisan fans last Saturday afternoon. The victory by Albany State was a huge one for several factions including players, their head coach James White and hard-core Ram fans who were growing impatient with the who had dropped four of their first five games of the season.
The key to the ASU victory was their strong first half. The Rams scored five times, four of them off the hot hand of junior quarterback Frank Rivers, who last season was playing for the Grambling Tigers and even saw limited action in the Bayou Classic.
Morehouse actually outscored Albany State 14-7 in the half but ASU’s defense stopped most of Morehouse’s offensive threats including a fourth quarter push by the Marooners that was drowned at the Albany State 24. The win by ASU which stopped their two game losing skid came perilously close to parroting last year when the Rams turned things around in the fifth game of the season and reeled off five straight victories before falling to Fort Valley, 38-29.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Fort Valley State travelled 14 hours by bus to Topeka, Kansas just to get whitewashed 41-0 by Washburn University. The only sunlight that peeked through the Wildcat’s losing cloud was the 115 yard passing performance of Eugene Smith who was also intercepted twice and sacked four times…Tuskegee quarterbacks collectively passed for 253 yards and threw three touchdowns to lead the SIAC Western Division leading Golden Tigers to a 35-7 win over Stillman…Lane had its homecoming spoiled as well as its two-game win streak when they were upset by 2-4 Central State, 37-34...Miles decided to get revenge against someone after losing to Central State a fortnight ago and took it out on Kentucky State, defeating the Thoroughbreds, 40-17 and winning their homecoming, The game was broadcast by Bounce Cable TV. Miles redshirt senior David Thomas passed for three touchdowns and 195 yards
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
Miles over Lane
Stillman over Central State
Tuskegee over Kentucky State
Albany State over CAU
Fort Valley over Concordia-Selma
Benedict over Morehouse